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NEW RELEASES: It could be another battle for #1 as week to date sales suggest Wiz Khalifa and the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol.1 soundtrack will both land in the 70-80k range. You'll also note the addition of another Various Artists contender, Big Machine's Mötley Crüe Nashville salute. Here are this week's key debuts, with a glass of Jack to accompany the hard-partying releases.

Wiz Khalifa (Atlantic) 70-80k
Chase Rice (Dack Janiels/Thirty Tigers/Sony Nashville) 37-40k
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe (Big Machine) 28-31k
Ace Frehley (eOne) 17-20k
Smokey Robinson (Verve) 9-11k
Imogen Heap (RCA) 8-10k
Colton Dixon (Sparrow) 8-10k

As for singles, Taylor Swift's ultra-Pop track "Shake It Off," appears headed to the 425-450k range in its opening week. The first single from her previous album, Red, opened with 623k in August 2012. Oh, and in honor of Ace Frehley's new record we'll be working in our Space Ace makeup. (8/20a)

BATTLE OF THE
HITS LIST STARS
Celebrity faceoff (6/24a)
CHART FINAL: DRAKE'S DANCE VICTORY
Drizzy's fox trot (6/24a)
SOULFUL NOIR
Today's quiet storm (6/24a)
COOPER PLANS TO DEPART WMG IN '23
See ya later, alligator. (6/23a)
NEAR TRUTHS: FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS
I.B. Bad surveys the landscape. (6/22a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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